Mary O’Brien, owner of Hidden Meadows Equine Rescue plead guilty today to one misdemeanor animal cruelty charge and was charged $1000 fine. She will not be allowed to own any animals for the next five years.
On September 10, Deputy Scott Meyers visited the horse rescue located at 227 Edwards Drive, Berkeley County in West Virginia and found starving horses with no food or water. One dead horse was found in a pasture and another horse was so weak he could not raise his head.
On September 11, a search warrant was executed, and 52 horses and two cows were removed from the property. Many of the horses were in various stages of malnutrition and neglect, and several died or had to be humanely euthanized. Eight horses were sent to Days End Horse Farm Rescue in Lisbon, Maryland for rehabilitation. Since then one horse has died. (Please click article link to participate in a poll on this judgment).
Humane observers were outraged at the plea deal this afternoon. Horse rescuer, Diana Baker stated, “She starved animals, she abused them, she neglected them, she lied to people, and she basically got a slap on the hand.”
A restitution hearing is scheduled to be set for a later date.
The horses at Days End Horse Farm Rescue continue their long roads to recovery. If you would like to donate and help these horses, please click here.